Former Gov. McGreevey expected to announce Jersey City mayoral run

Jim McGreevey stepped down as New Jersey governor in 2004 after announcing that he was a “gay American.”

Matt Trapani

Nov 6, 2023, 10:18 PM

Updated 259 days ago

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Election Day may be on Tuesday, but it is a 2025 race that is creating a lot of buzz around New Jersey.
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey is expected to announce this week that he will run for mayor of Jersey City.
McGreevey, a Democrat, stepped down as New Jersey governor in 2004 after announcing that he was a “gay American,” and admitting to having an extramarital affair with another man.
After nearly 20 years, McGreevey is expected to reenter politics.
McGreevey has filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission and has announced an event for Thursday.
In the time since McGreevey resigned as New Jersey governor, he earned a Master in Divinity degree at the General Theological Seminary, was tapped by then-Gov. Chris Christie to be a part of the state’s Opioid Task Force and for the past decade has focused on giving people who served time in prison a second chance with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation.
“He kind of found his calling, and he…put his head down and started working on an issue that was really important to him,” says Patrick Murray, of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
If McGreevey eventually becomes the mayor of Jersey City it would not be the first time he served as mayor in New Jersey. Before being elected as the governor, McGreevey served as the mayor of Woodbridge.


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